Ground Report | Srinagar
A new tension is going to arise between India and Pakistan, and this will bring serious conflict between both countries. India has conveyed strong protest to Pakistan over an order by that country’s supreme court allowing the conduct of general elections in Gilgit-Baltistan.
India has considered Gilgit_Baltistan area to be its own. For more than 70 years, Pakistan has occupied it illegally along with some areas of Jammu and Kashmir. India has warned Pakistan not to elect there, but to vacate the area. But this sure case can bring very serious situation between the two countries in a few months.
What is Gilgit-Baltistan Order-2018?
Pakistan had changed the legal status of Gilgit-Baltistan first in 2009 by introducing Gilgit Baltistan Empowerment and Self-Governance Order-2009 which changed its name from Northern Areas to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Under this arrangement, it was given a province-like status with the appointment of a chief minister and governor for self-rule. Thus, constitutionally it still remained out of Pakistan.
Now the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in its recent order, allowed amendments to the “Government of Gilgit Baltistan Order” of 2018 to hold general elections in the region.
In 2018, Pakistan gave many important powers to Gilgit-Baltistan assembly.
Earlier there was a committee to decide on Gilgit-Balsittan, headed by the PM of Pakistan. But this order of 2009 was revised in 2018. The term of the current government of Gilgit-Baltistan ends in June. There should be general elections within 30 days of this.
What did India said?
The Indian Foreign Ministry has summoned a senior diplomat of the Pakistan Embassy and submitted a protest letter on the decision of the Pakistan Supreme Court.
India has issued a letter of objection to a senior Pakistani diplomat and has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the so-called Gilgit-Baltistan order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
India has said that instead of holding elections to Pakistan, Gilgit and Baltistan should be cleared immediately. The Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that Pakistan has no right to hold elections there.
What has Pakistan responded to India’s opposition?
Pakistan has rejected India’s reaction to Gilgit Baltistan. Rather, they has described this area as a disputed area.
What is Gilgit-Baltistan?
Gilgit-Baltistan, formerly known as the Northern Areas, is a region occupied by Pakistan as an administrative territory, and constituting the northern portion of the larger Kashmir region which has been the subject of a dispute between India and Pakistan since 1947, and between India and China from somewhat later.